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Last updated: Tuesday, 25th August, 2015

Friday, 13th March, 2015


A selection of ukulele based definitions presented in glossary format.

Bar   wikipedia

A bar (sometime referred to as a measure) is a small section of a song that corresponds to the number of beats described by the first or upper number in the time signature. For example, a bar within a song written in 4/4 time lasts for four beats (1, 2, 3, 4). The speed at which you count those beats is determined by the tempo.

BPM

BPM or Beats Per Minute refers to the tempo of a song. It is expressed as a number that literally records the beats to count for every minute. It is closely coupled to the time signature of a song.

Bridge   wikipedia   See also: Parts of a ukulele

The bridge supports the strings and transmits the vibration of those strings to the body of the ukulele in order to transfer the sound to the surrounding air.

Chord   wikipedia

A chord is any harmonic set of two or more notes played at the same time or in very close succession.

Down-stroke   See also: Up-Stroke

The part of a strumming pattern where your strumming hand is moving down the strings or away from you.

Fret   wikipedia   See also: Parts of a ukulele

A fret is metal strip that extends across the width of the fretboard. The first fret is the one nearest the nut.

Fretboard   wikipedia   See also: Parts of a ukulele

The fretboard (also known as a fingerboard) is set on top of the neck and holds the frets.

Headstock   wikipedia   See also: Parts of a ukulele

The headstock houses the tuning pegs that hold the strings in place.

Intonation   wikipedia

Intonation is a representation of the pitch accuracy of any one string. If the pitch is not perfect at every single fret, then the intonation may be described as flat or sharp at that fret. You may hear people refer to the intonation as being "out" if the pitch at one or more frets is not perfect.

Nut   wikipedia   See also: Parts of a ukulele

The nut is a small piece of hard material that support the strings closest to the headstock.

Off-beat   See also: On-beat

Although this generally refers to beats 2 and 4 when counting '1 2 3 4' within a bar of a song using a 4/4 time signature, it can also refer to the up-strokes and therefore the ampersands when counting '1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &'

On-beat   See also: Off-beat

Although this generally refers to beats 1 and 3 when counting '1 2 3 4' within a bar of a song using a 4/4 time signature, it can also refer to the down-strokes and therefore the numbers when counting '1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &'

Parts of a ukulele

Here are the various parts of a ukulele.

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Saddle   wikipedia   See also: Parts of a ukulele

The saddle is part of the bridge and although on some stringed instruments it allows for adjustment of intonation, it is generally fixed on a ukulele.

Strum   wikipedia

A sweeping action across several strings when playing a chord.

Strumming Pattern

A recognisable sequence of strummed down-strokes and up-strokes that may be repeated.

Tempo   wikipedia

The tempo of a song relates to the speed at which it is played and is measured in beats per minutes (BPM)

Time Signature   wikipedia

The time signature describes how many beats are contained in each bar. Common time signatures are 4/4 (4 beats to the bar) and 3/4 (3 beats to the bar). The first number refers to the number of beats in the bar and the second number refers to the note value that represents one beat. In sheet music you will quite often see time signatures written with the first number above the second.

Tuning Peg   wikipedia   See also: Parts of a ukulele

A tuning peg is used to hold a string in the headstock and is used to tune the string to a specific note. Traditionally friction pegs are used although many people find geared tuners easier to use and more stable.

Up-stroke   See also: Down-Stroke

The part of a strumming pattern where your strumming hand is moving up the strings or towards you.







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